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Helpful Tips to Obtaining Certification in Washington

For educator certification, WA requires the completion of the appropriate degree from a regionally accredited college/university and the completion of an approved program in the state where the preparation was completed.

Applications/Forms
To apply for certification, complete all of the application materials according to the directions and submit to your local ESD.

Select the certification you are applying for:

Fingerprinting
Obtain the fingerprint card from an ESD office or by e-mailing cert@k12.wa.us. Fingerprinting is required for the state of Washington even if you have been fingerprinted in another state. You may contact an ESD office to make an appointment to be fingerprinted or you may have them taken at any law enforcement agency which does finger- printing and mail them to the Washington State Patrol according to the directions on the finger- print card.

Testing
Testing is required for teacher certification in Washington. A basic skills test (reading, mathematics and writing), the WEST B, is required. If you have taken the CBEST or Praxis I and meet our score requirements, you may use those scores in lieu of taking the WEST B. (For more information on taking the WEST B, go to http://www.west.nesinc.com)

Passing the WEST E, a content knowledge test, is also required for each endorsement you wish to have on your certificate.
For more information about content knowledge testing and for test registration go to: http://www.west.nesinc.com
** If you do not meet testing requirements when you apply, you will be given a temporary 180-day permit which will allow you to teach and give you one year to meet the testing requirements.

Highly Qualified
All teachers teaching core academic subjects are required to meet highly qualified teacher requirements prior to being hired. Certification in an endorsement area does NOT guarantee that you will be considered highly qualified. For further information regarding the highly qualified teacher requirement, please access the following link: http://www.k12.wa.us/TitleIIA/HighlyQualifiedTeachers.aspx

Permits
Upon receipt of appropriate materials and fee(s) and upon determination of eligibility, the ESD can issue the applicant a temporary 180-day permit, which allows employment while awaiting final certification.

For more Information
For more information or questions not answered in the application materials, contact an ESD office or e-mail cert@k12.wa.us. If you have a Washington certificate, please include your certificate number or complete legal name and date of birth.

 

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